• A Decade After Launch, ‘MDEC’ Expected for Baltimore City Circuit Court in 2024
    Baltimore City’s decade-long wait for the Maryland Electronic Courts (MDEC) system is nearly over as the electronic case management system is slated to debut on May 6, 2024. With less than six months until the anticipated launch, the Circuit Court’s overwhelming number of case files and outdated case filing process beg the question whether the … Read more
  • Murder, Non-Fatal Shootings Both Down in October
    Baltimore Witness data reveals that the citywide homicide rate fell by nearly half in October. There were 12 homicides reported for the month, down from 22 in September.  A quarter of those cases originated in the Western District, while the other nine were scattered throughout the city. In one of the homicides reported in the … Read more
  • Baltimore City Homicides Down, Shootings Up in September
    September ended with a decrease in homicides in Baltimore City yet an increase in non-fatal shootings, according to Baltimore Witness data. There was a slight increase in non-fatal shootings in September compared to August, with 56—three more shootings than the previous month. Out of the nine districts in Baltimore, the Southwestern District saw the highest … Read more
  • Baltimore’s Systemic Failure Goes Beyond Brooklyn Homes
    Evidence provided since the Brooklyn Homes mass shooting has validated community complaints about systemic failures by the police that might have prevented the tragedy.  But new data from Baltimore Witness shows systemic failures are not limited to the Baltimore Police Department, but rather affect every aspect of Baltimore’s criminal justice system.  That data shows that … Read more
  • Baltimore City Shootings Drop in August, Decrease in Majority of Districts
    As fall approaches, Baltimore City is ending the summer with 53 non-fatal shootings in August—the fourth-lowest number of reported monthly shootings in 2023. The city was last below 53 shootings in March when 46 shootings were reported, according to Baltimore Witness data. Out of Baltimore’s nine districts, the Southwestern District was the only area to … Read more
  • Brooklyn Homes Mass Shooting Increases Baltimore City’s Monthly Shootings By 50 Percent
    The Brooklyn Homes mass shooting sent Baltimore City’s monthly non-fatal shooting count soaring in July, increasing from 58 reported shootings in June to 87 shootings last month. The city racked up a total of 32 non-fatal shootings within the first two days of July, the vast majority of which were reported at 12:35 a.m. on … Read more